Overview & Price

In this iPhone X review we will be going over why the phone is iconic, whilst showcasing some of the best iPhone X contract deals in the UK.

The iPhone X or iPhone 10 is undoubtedly one of the best phones of 2018.

This however, does come at a cost and although the phone was released in September 2018, it still sells for around £900.

Every iPhone before these have only had 1 or 2 major updates taking only a few minutes to get used to and then the fun is over.

Instead however, this phone has a whole new range of exciting upgrades.

In this review we will be going over the specifications of the device, our opinion on it and even showcasing the best iPhone X contract deals in the UK.

Design & Display

When it comes to the iPhone X design, it’s lot bigger than the previous models. Apple has strategically (and finally) made use of the full size screen apart from a small notch at the top.

This can either be really annoying for some or not bother you at all, for me it is a minor inconvenience and is super easy to get used to #embracethenotch.

The screen has a large black border all around which again some like and others don’t. Personally, I feel it makes the colours more vibrant and pop more on the phone.

You may be wondering if the iPhone X is waterproof? Yes, it has an IP67 rating, meaning it can survive being submerged at a depth of 1 meter for for at least 30 minutes.

Following in the steps of the iPhone 7 and 8, the X does not have a headphone jack and it looks like it won’t ever be making a return in future models due to the clever marketing of the Apple airpods (but that’s for another review).

However, having such a big display surely has a downfall?

Well, one could be that the home button has been removed and replaced which a bunch of gestures.

Swiping up from the bar at the bottom brings you home and closes any apps, swiping down from the top is for notifications and swiping from the right corner brings up your your control centre.

Sounds confusing I know, but the sacrifice of a button for a bigger screen is hardly a no deal!

iphone x design

Image: Kārlis Dambrāns

Features

Since there is no home button on the X there are a few slight changes to get use to in regards to opening up some of the iPhone’s infamous features.

To open Siri you have to hold the side button down. Siri is just normal Siri and a screenshot is taken by holding the top volume button and the side button together.

The phone is turned off by holding either top or bottom volume button and the side button and swiping to power off.

However, the banished home button has meant that Touch ID has also gone bye-bye and instead, Apple has introduced facial recognition (Face ID) to unlock your phone.

Touch ID had a few limitations, such as, if you were wearing a glove, the fingerprint scanner was slightly wet or your hands were sweaty (gross) it wouldn’t work.

Face ID does not actually work by using the front camera (which a lot of people think), it instead bounces 30,000 infra-red dots back and forth from your face to the phone, creating a clear map of your face – scary!

This form of ID is so much more secure and can keep intruders from ever entering your phone.

It also comes in handy when you’re paying for your shopping in store or opening up your online banking. Of course, the passcode option is still there in case you need to use it but why type a code in when you can just smile.

In addition, Face ID works just as well in the dark and even checks if you’re paying attention every once in a while by blinking the IR light. If you’re not paying attention the phone dims the screen drastically (saving battery life) and eventually goes to sleep.

Furthermore, Face ID is extremely fast and effective most of the time and before you would even have chance to type in your passcode or place your thumb on the home button on previous models, the X will unlock the phone for you.

Although, we have found that sometimes it may take a second longer to recognise your face in different lighting conditions. But, good news, we can confirm Face ID even recognises me in the most fragile, hungover states!

The iPhone X has some brilliant features and its clear to see why people love this phone, it offers face-id, alongside the fingerprint scanner too.

Performance

The iPhone X performance does not disappoint, offering 3GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of internal storage for those that love to store music and photos on their device.

Another fantastic feature of this phone is an-emoji. This is exclusive to iPhone X and uses the front-facing camera to display you as a cartoon animal of your choice.

We feel like this is the best feature on the iPhone X as we can finally start to see the shift to augmented reality ourselves (and it is extremely fun to text a friend in the form of a cartoon fox)!

Unfortunately, an-emoji doesn’t work when texting someone with an Android phone – again another marketing deploy by Apple to try take over the world.

We would definitely recommend picking up some Airpods with the phone, an awesome accessory especially if your big into music or fitness. We love the combination as it connects to our music instantly and makes running on the treadmill so much more bearable.

However, if you like to show off, this is a big flex. When sending your augmented monkey to another iPhone user who doesn’t have an X it screams “I have an iPhone X”.

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 plus the actual phone is glass on the back and front, making it easier to smash and cause damage internally which may affect the performance of the phone.

When taking into account how cheap the iPhone X contract deals are now in the UK, we really feel the performance aspect of the phone is one of the most impressive.

iphone x waterproof

Image: Nikolay Tarashchenko

Camera & Battery Life

The camera in the iPhone X is almost the same as the iPhone 8. The back of the phone has 2 optically stabilised 12-megapixel cameras, one with f1.8 wide angle lens and the other with an f2.4 telephoto.

As a result, the camera lens is raised on the back of the phone which means it does not sit flat on a table (slightly annoying).

In addition, the phone itself has extra camera features such as portrait mode where you can adjust to different forms of lighting such as studio and contour lighting.

This improves the quality and ability to focus on an object whilst the background remains blurred – creating some amazing shots!

Like the iPhone 8 and 8 plus, the iPhone X supports wireless charging. This means that if you happen to be in Mcdonald’s or Starbucks and run out of charge, you can place it on a charging pad which they now conveniently support in most stores.

New model cars also support the charging pad and the phone will charge up for you when in contact with the pad. This comes in very handy when on long car journeys and makes it a lot easier to keep your phone topped up with juice.

The battery life is good on this phone and because of the 2716 mAh battery you can expect to easily go a full day using your phone with one full charge.

Some cars also have CarPlay, which IOS 11 in this phone supports, allowing you to listen to your music without having to mess around with an AUX cable – The dream.

Summary

Overall, this phone is absolutely fantastic and is a stunning handset. It’s thin so feels great in your hands and is super fast when navigating around. But is the phone worth £900? Well, we do think the phone is a little overpriced, but that is for you to decide.

We can say that we were not disappointed in the phone and it is without a doubt one of the best iPhone that we have ever used.

The iPhone X has a stunning design, its waterproof, with an IP67 rating and has an amazing camera too.

Although, it’s useful to remember there are plenty of other phones on the market at the minute which are just as competitive.

We hope you enjoyed our iPhone X review and if you did, you’re welcome to check out the best iPhone X contract deals here in the UK at the top of the post.

Full spec below:

Launch: 2017, September

Body:

  • Dimension: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 174g (6.14oz)
  • Build: Front/back glass, stainless steel frame
  • Sim: Nano Sim
  • IP67 dust/water resistant (unto 1m for 30 mins)

Display:

  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Size: 5.8 inches, 84.4cm²
  • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19:5:9 ratio
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection:  Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Platform:

  •  OS: iOS 11.1.1, upgradeable to iOS 11.4
  • Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic
  • CPU: Hexa-core 2.39 GHz
  • GPU: Apple GPU (three-core graphics)

Memory:

  • Card slot: No
  • Internal: 64/256GB, 3 GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary: Dual- 12MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm), OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED dual tone flash
  • Features: Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
  • Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps
  • Secondary: 7MP (f/2.2, 32m), 1080p@30fps, face detection, HDR

Sound:

  • Alert Types: Vibration, proprietary ringtons
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speaker
  • 3.5mm Jack: No
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

Comms:

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: No
  • USB: 2,0, proprietary reversible connector

Features:

  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging: iMessage, SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
  • Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
  • More: Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.265 player, Audio/video/photo editor, Document editor

Battery:

  • Non-removeable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery (10.35 Wh)
  • Talk Time: Up to 21h (3G)
  • Music play: Up to 60h

Misc:

  • Colours: Space Grey, Silver
  • Price: As seen at the top of blog

Tests:

  • Performance: Basemark OS 2.0: 4708
  • Display: Contrast ratio: infinity (nominal), 5.013 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo/Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 68dB/Noise 74dB/Ring 76dB
  • Audio Quality: Noise-93.7dB/Crosstalk -82.8dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 74h